Obama and Ayers:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/e ... yers_N.htmAyers and Obama have moved in some of the same circles:
•In 1995, Ayers hosted a brunch for Obama, who was running for the Illinois Senate.
The ad says this meeting launched Obama's political career. Quentin Young, a physician who was there, says it was a typical Hyde Park event and to imply otherwise is "guilt by simultaneously being in the same place."
•In 1997, they were on a juvenile justice panel sponsored by the University of Chicago. They were on a 2002 panel on intellectualism that was co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library.
•In 1997, the Chicago Tribune published a blurb from Obama about books he was reading. Obama said he was reading Ayers' A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court.
•From 1999-2002, both men were on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago foundation that makes grants to arts and civic groups. Obama left the board in 2002; Ayers remains on it.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/14/us/po ... oref=loginBack in the 1990s, Mr. Rezko’s office was adorned with framed photos of candidates he viewed as up-and-comers. Among them was Barack Obama, a state legislator whose first campaign donations included $2,000 from Mr. Rezko’s companies. As Mr. Obama built a career that carried him to the Senate in 2004, Mr. Rezko was there with him, holding fund-raisers and rallying support.
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/Story?id=4443788The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's south side, has a long history of what even Obama's campaign aides concede is "inflammatory rhetoric," including the assertion that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks with its own "terrorism."
Considering that Wright has been their pastor for the past 20 years and espouses similar anti-american rhetoric; her "never been proud of America until now" comment can't be dismissed as a Biden-esque gaffe.
The summary of Ayers, as you posted, is this:
He held a brunch for Obama (most would say his 2004 DNC speech launched his campaign). They worked on the same boards together. Obama read his book.
Rezko likes Obama.... many do.
I know the history of Wright, what I don't know is how deep his relationship with him was, how often he attended church, what relation still exists.